For decades, the Living Arts and Science Center has been a respected force in creative education for children and adults, schools and organizations, throughout the region. Through dynamic art and science programming, the LASC has fostered exploration and discovery, and inspired creativity and imagination. Our capital campaign, Imagine This, will ensure creative opportunities in the arts and sciences for our rapidly growing community and region for decades to come!
Over the past five years, the LASC has expanded its service area from seven central Kentucky counties to serving schools and libraries in over 36 counties each year, and the field trip programs that bring school groups to the Center has doubled; now reaching 7,500 students annually. Together, with architects De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop and construction manager Burchfield & Thomas, we are building a space that will meet our programmatic needs, infuse exciting design principles and keep us in the East End of Lexington, our home for more than four decades.
The project will include a complete renovation of the historic Kinkead House, which was built in 1847 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Kinkead house was donated to the LASC by members of the Kinkead family, direct descendants of George Kinkead, who once served as Abraham Lincoln’s attorney. The renovated space will house a new Children’s Art Gallery and a retail gallery. The current art gallery, classrooms and office spaces will be renovated as well.
The expansion will more than double the LASC’s programming space – currently 7,500 square feet – to more than 18,500 square feet. The new facility will include Lexington’s only planetarium, an expanded hands-on Discovery Exhibit, four new art and science classrooms, a Digital Art Studio, additional art gallery space, a teaching kitchen, a clay studio, additional urban green space, rain and butterfly gardens, and a rooftop garden. The innovative “Glo Gallery” — named in honor of long-time LASC supporter Gloria Singletary – will feature a large glass wall for projections and digital art presentations.
Thanks to the support of many generous donors, the LASC is nearing completion of its $5.5 million campaign, led by capital campaign chair, Harriet Dupree Bradley. Getting us started was a $1 million matching grant from the W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Foundation. In honor of Mrs. Little, one of the original founders of the LASC, the new building will be called the “Lucille Caudill Little Discovery Center.” Click here to learn more about Mrs. Little’s vision for the LASC.
Our construction would not be possible without the many gifts we have received at all levels from a long list of supporters who have given along the way. If you’ve made a donation to our Capital Campaign, THANK YOU! Don’t see your name on the list? Join it now by making your donation today! Just click here to donate online or contact Heather Lyons at 859-252-5222 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Through the renovation of the Kinkead House, the construction of additional space, and the integration of indoor and outdoor space, the Living Arts & Science Center’s 1.5 acres will be an engaging and lively destination in downtown, Lexington.
An expanded and enhanced downtown facility that showcases our historic structure as well as new contemporary space for rotating exhibits, guest artist and scientist programs, performances and workshops, planetarium shows, and professional development programs for educators.
A lively and green place that provides children, adults, educators, and the community-at-large, a progressive educational facility – indoors and out – that models and demonstrates best practices for our urban landscape and our natural environment.
An exciting and inclusive educational destination for our neighborhood, the community, the region and the state – becoming a national model for life-long learning in the arts and sciences.